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The Help

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Publisher's Summary

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step.

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid, Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her 17th white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen's best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody's business, but she can't mind her tongue, so she's lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another.

This edition now includes the afterword "Too Little, Too Late - Kathryn Stockett in Her Own Words", as read by the author.

Bonus Audio: Hear an exclusive interview with Kathryn Stockett.

©2009 Kathryn Stockett, Cover Art: (c) 2011 DreamWorks II Distribution Co., LLC (P)2009 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"This heartbreaking story is a stunning debut from a gifted talent." (Atlanta Journal)

“It's graceful and real, a compulsively readable story of three women who watch the Mississippi ground shifting beneath their feet as the words of men like Martin Luther King Jr. and Bob Dylan pervade their genteel town. When folks at your book club wonder what to read next month, go on and pitch this wholly satisfying novel with confidence.” (Entertainment Weekly)

"[A] wise, poignant novel...You'll catch yourself cheering out loud." (People Magazine)

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    Lori J. Rosendahl Magna, UT United States 01-08-10
    Lori J. Rosendahl Magna, UT United States 01-08-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Best listen I've had in a long time!"

    I listen to books from audible on my commute every day. I find myself sometimes wishing the book would end because it just isn't compelling enough. This book was recommended by a coworker. This book is great! It was a long book, but, it was so good, it seemed to go so fast. This book gives you a lot to think about.

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    Violetta New York, NY, USA 01-07-10
    Violetta New York, NY, USA 01-07-10
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    "The help"

    What an easy listen! I loved it and literally could not put my mp3 player down - I listened to it on the plane, at the gym, while washing the dishes, making lunch. It is narrated so well that it kept my attention!

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    Jeanne suffolk, VA, USA 01-07-10
    Jeanne suffolk, VA, USA 01-07-10
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    "Highly recommendI"

    I highly recommend this book. One of the best books I've read in a very long time. Could not stop listening yet, I hated to have the story end. I'm so glad I listened to the audiobook vice reading the book (although I have bought the book, as well, as a gift). The voices of each character enhance the wonderful story. I anxiously await the author's next book!!

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    Joann Ithaca, NY, USA 01-07-10
    Joann Ithaca, NY, USA 01-07-10 Member Since 2009
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    "The Help"

    Excellent story! The voices were very good and added to the enjoyment of the story.

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    Deborah absecon, NJ, USA 01-07-10
    Deborah absecon, NJ, USA 01-07-10
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    ""The Help (Unabridged)"."

    Speaks volumes about the growth our nation has had in 240 years. The Help will Help all to know the struggle the South has had.

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    Kelly BARTLETT, TN, USA 01-03-10
    Kelly BARTLETT, TN, USA 01-03-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Great!"

    I loved this book. This was one of my favorites. Great story and the narrators were so good. Having multiple narrators made the book come alive. I just loved it!

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    SMaxey Thousand Oaks, CA, US 01-03-10
    SMaxey Thousand Oaks, CA, US 01-03-10 Member Since 2006
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    "My favorite book of 2009"

    I couldn't wait to listen to the next chapter, but I didn't want it to end. So good I went out and bought two hard cover copies for friends who don't "listen." I fear they won't get the full flavor, but it is still a wonderful experience.

    Enjoyed this as much or more than Water for Elephants--my 2008 favorite.

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    J. Speer OHIO 01-03-10
    J. Speer OHIO 01-03-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Simple amazing story and narration"

    I love an opportunity to learn while becoming absorbed in the story and the characters. The Help is a sad, inspiring and enriching story. The narration will have you hearing the character's voices long after the book has ended, all the while, learning more about our nation's trying civil rights movement. I highly recommend The Help.

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    SoCalBonnie Southern California 01-03-10
    SoCalBonnie Southern California 01-03-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it... just LOVED IT"

    Wonderful book; excellent narrators. Aibileen was so real to me... I've never rooted as hard for a relationship as I did for Aibileen and Mae Mobley, although Minny and Miss Celia came in a close second.

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    Rene mesa, AZ, USA 01-03-10
    Rene mesa, AZ, USA 01-03-10
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    "fantastic!"

    Great story. Fabulous readers!

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